Carat named Arqiva Awards Agency of the Year

Global Radio's LBC and Bauer Media's Absolute Radio were the big winners at the Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards last night with three gold awards, while Carat was named Agency of the Year.

Carat: wins Arqiva Awards Agency of the Year
Carat: wins Arqiva Awards Agency of the Year

Of the major groups Bauer Media came out on top with a total of 12 gold awards, including the National Sales Award for Go Think Big, its training initiative with O2, and Station of the Year (500,000 to two million TSA, or total survey area) for Metro Radio.

Absolute Radio went home with Specialist Programme of the Year, Single Programme or Broadcast of the Year and The Arqiva Gold Award, for Christian O’Connell.

LBC picked up Station of the Year (over two million TSA), Journalist of the Year for Tom Swarbrick, the station’s political editor, and Presenter of the Year (over two million TSA) for its breakfast show host, Nick Ferrari.

Alesha Dixon and former boyband stars Nathan Sykes from The Wanted, and Aston Merrygold from JLS performed live at the ceremony at London’s Roundhouse.

Siobhan Kenny, the chief executive of Radiocentre, said: "Congratulations to all our gold, silver and bronze winners this evening – a fantastic standard of entries again this year, demonstrating once again, that commercial radio remains in rude health, producing innovative, creative content and compelling radio for our listeners."

The Radiocentre Lifetime Achievement Award was awarded posthumously to Richard Wheatley and Jazz FM. Wheatley died in April aged 69 after a short illness.

The Heart London Breakfast presenters, Jamie Theakston and Emma Bunton, hosted the awards, which are now in their 20th year.